September 14, 2016
Where LEED focuses primarily on the building, WELL focuses on the people within the building, and was developed to place people’s health and wellness at the center of design.
Developed in a seven-year process of medical, scientific and practitioner review by organizations such as NIH, Harvard, Cornell, Berkeley and many others, the WELL Building Standard is pioneered by Delos and managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The standard is third-party certified through IWBI’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
HOW WELL IS CERTIFIED
WELL Features are categorized as either preconditions, which are necessary for baseline WELL Certification or Compliance, or optimizations, which are optional enhancements that together determine the level of certification above baseline certification. The three levels of certification include:
Silver: all preconditions met
Gold: all preconditions and 40% of optimizations met
Platinum: all preconditions and 80%+ of optimizations met
THE SEVEN CONCEPTS OF WELL
WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment across seven Concepts and 102 Features.
WHY IS THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD IMPORTANT?
According to the World Green Building Council, staff costs account for 90 – 92% of overall business operating costs. Recruitment and retention numbers are tied to real financial consequences, if not managed properly. A company’s office design is part of a person’s decision to come to work for, or stay working for, an organization.
While ongoing operating costs such as utilities, rent, or owned real estate assets are a financial concern to be managed carefully, it does not address the health and well being of the most costly and mobile aspect of a company—their people. Poor employee well-being can reduce engagement and morale, increase overtime, require overstaffing, increase turnover and make people more prone to accidents.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
For more information, check out “Creating Healthy Work Environments for Tenants: LEED vs. WELL“.
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